What makes someone volunteer for an election?
AUSTRALIA in general is undoubtedly an apathetic nation when it comes to election day.
From a young age we are taught there are three subjects that aren't to be talked about, sex, religion and politics. We vote because we have to, and dislike lectures, and dislike our politicians even more.
So what makes an individual don a shirt baring a gaudy political slogan, get up before the sun rises and expose themselves to a day of rejection - not to mention the heat?
We asked a collection of booth minders, from every party just what made them volunteer to become part of the how-to-vote-card gauntlet this state election.
For first time volunteer Jeannet Kesels it was a necessary evil.
Fed up Jeannet said it was Adani that made her put her hand up for the Greens.
"I'm against the Adani mine and when I saw what was happening I had enough," she explained.
"Things are tough enough for the environment as is, I needed to do something.
Jeannet's key to the long day on the hustings was plenty of water and a quick kip if possible.
For ALP volunteer Ian Fraser it was a bit of a different story, the experienced how-to-vote distributor had volunteered for each election since the 1975.
"It was the dismissal of Whitlam that first got me to volunteer," he said.
Manning the booth since sunrise the self-proclaimed "fifth generation" Labor man said his secret for survival on the day was sunscreen.
"It is about being part of the carnival of democracy," Mr Fraser said.
"We are here to assist the voters in being informed of their vote.
"We aren't here to hassle people or change minds if they are already made, we are here to assist as a service to democracy," he said.
Despite the animosity that may run thick between candidates Mr Fraser said all the volunteers looked out for each party, no matter the party.
"It's nice to see the same people and catch up each time," he said.
Independent supporters Sharon Nicholson and Paul Kirwan were also at the Augustine Heights polling booth at the crack of dawn.
"I think we have a chance and a voice to be able to voice our opinions, for me it was because I was able to lend my support to my candidate Steve Hodgson," Mr Kirwan said.
"It's a new seat and a new opportunity to have new independents to be part of the election," he said.
Kirwan did admit to slipping off for a midday shower to battle the heat.
"I've made some good friends," he said.
"We live in a country where we can co-exist and there is no need to fight for a vote at the last minute on the day.
"People know what they are doing already," he said.
"We are just here to help the story.
Andrew Mooney was also supporting an independent member.
"Just watching what's happening in our country was a bit concerning, as a parent with kids," he said.
Backing the conservative candidate with a number of views he shared, Mr Mooney was happy to help out.
"It was my first time being so involved from the beginning to the end," he said.
Andrew says he understands why people may be apprehensive of passing the masses with the leaflets at the polling booths.
"It probably ranks up with public speaking and you know, sky diving or something, the fear of walking past people with a leaflet, its kind of weird," he said.
"I wonder if we really have an effect, maybe we do."
"I think perhaps now with the fact you have to tick every box it helps some people.
"But I do think most people have had a think about it and made up their mind," he said.
Maree Franklin has a long history of volunteering, on polling days and in the community, so when the State Election was called she was ready.
"I think anyone who believes in a cause are quite happy to give up their time," the long time LNP supporter explained.
Mrs Franklin said she had seen the leaflet volunteer practice change over the past decade.
"Now with technology I think people aren't relying on whether or not they are going to receive a hand out when they get to the polling station," she said.
"They are watch Facebook, they are watching media, they have made up their minds.
"In fact to my reckoning over half of the people walking past refused any flyers at all, this election, which may tell us something about the future.
"In past elections we had been asked about policies, but this election we weren't asked at all.
"And I'd done all my homework so I was ready for the questions, but I didn't get one," she said.
Pauline Hanson's One Nation supporter Tracey Borodin was more focused on the candidate than the party's namesake.
"Just talking to him (the candidate) about his beliefs it got me wanting to help him, there was a lot of work that needed to be done," she said.
"I began as a booth captain before seven and will be here scrutineering until after eight I expect.
"Some people have already made up their minds before, but others haven't, some make it up on the day so what we do is a help to them," she said.
Ms Borordin didn't escape polling day unscathed, she was sporting a touch of sunburn on the back of her neck. "You need to watch out," she said gesturing to the red patch under her pony tail.
"And lots of chocolate and lollies to keep you going," she laughed.